Artist: Utagawa Kuniyoshi (歌川国芳)

Print: Bandō Hikosaburō IV (坂東彦三郎) as a ghost and Onoe Eizaburō III (尾上栄三郎) as a cowering princess - from the play Tsumaga Gasane Sugata no Hana Kurabe (嬲容顔花競 -つまがさねすがたのはなくらべ)

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Dates: 1840,created
Dimensions: 10.0 in,14.75 in,Overall dimensions
Medium: Japanese woodblock print

Signed: Ichiyūsai Kuniyoshi ga
Censor's seal: kiwame

Related links: Hankyu Culture Foundation;

Physical description:

This print may be a kabuki production related to The Tale of Heike. While the roles names are as yet unread, the last kanji character reads as hime or 姫 which can be translated as 'princess'.

The elaborate floral headdress or fukiwa-mage wig worn by the onnagata Onoe Eizaburō is a clue to the actor's role.